On October 20th, 1991, 2Pac released the promotional single for “Brenda’s Got A Baby,” a month before his debut 2Pacalypse Now was scheduled to be released.
The song features R&B singer Dave Hollister and Roniece Levias, and is about a 12-year-old girl named Brenda who lives in the ghetto and has a baby she can’t support. The song explores the issue of teen pregnancy and its effect on young mothers and their families. Like many of Shakur’s songs, “Brenda’s Got a Baby” draws from the plight of the impoverished. Using Brenda to represent young mothers in general, Shakur criticises the low level of support from the baby’s father, the government, and society in general. Shakur wrote the song while filming the feature film Juice, after reading a newspaper article about a 12-year-old girl who became pregnant by her cousin and threw the baby into a trash compactor.
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